Topic: Infrastructure

Your guide to nonprofit IT investment

May 24, 2017
NTEN has been collecting data for a decade on how nonprofits invest in technology staff and tools. Here is the 10th Annual Technology Staffing and Investments Report.
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5 common pitfalls to avoid with IT service providers

May 19, 2017
Using managed IT services can be great for nonprofits small and large, but it does come with some risks. Here are a few ways you can avoid those risks and get the best IT support for your organization.
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Best Practices for Document Management in the Cloud

September 19, 2016
While various document management tools are different and have their own strengths and weaknesses, a lot of the overarching best practices are tool-agnostic and apply across the board.

An Eleven Step Program to Cure Shiny Object Syndrome

January 13, 2016
Are major technology decisions at your organization characterized by any of the following six red flags?

Searching for the “Nonprofit Operating System”

October 6, 2015
You know that feeling of being organized and always caught up? At your peak energy for tackling the day? That’s what we at Airway Science for Kids, Inc. were looking for when evaluating options for having a centralized place to track what matters most to our organization, both within and without. We call it a “Nonprofit Operation System (Nonprofit OS)."

The 9th Annual Nonprofit Technology Staffing & Investments Report

September 28, 2015
Now in our ninth year of collecting and reporting on these nonprofit technology spending and practices data, this research provides valuable benchmarks to help you assess and plan your technology budgets and strategies, and considers the nonprofit sector as a whole to gauge the maturity and effectiveness of technology strategies and use.

The Secret to Funding Massive Change at Scale

August 5, 2015
Funding for social impact initiatives has seen a recent sea change, largely thanks to the Internet. Until the end of the 20th century, we were accustomed to foundations giving large grants as part of direct-action programs. Now crowdfunding is a $5.1-billion-dollar-a-year industry with 450 different platform options. But what, in the midst of all this change, is the role of the large philanthropic foundation in the 21st century?

Utilizing Campaigns to Grow Long-Term Organizational Strength

May 18, 2015
Campaigns are short term and set out to accomplish a goal, while long-term organizations are more permanent and mission based. A successful organization will have many campaigns during its time. Sometimes campaigns can grow larger than expected and build great momentum for your organization, which is why it is important to be prepared to engage supporters of the campaign.

Help Desk or Service Desk?

January 15, 2015
Making technology a priority is yesterday’s issue—everyone seems to understand it is important. These days, it seems the bigger issue is aligning and integrating the technology to make it a meaningful part of our work and mission. We need to stop thinking about the technology. We should instead be asking ourselves, "How do we get our staff and organization to use and understand the technology we have?" And we need to ask this before we bring in more technology!

NTA Case Study: Image Journal

November 18, 2014
When Stuart Scadron-Wattles joined Image three years ago as Director of Resource Development, he was charged with boosting unearned income to help make the 25-year-old organization as sustainable as possible.